Top Ten Things to do in Key West, Florida

Things to do in Key west, Fl
Things to do in Key west, Fl
 

Your vacation trip to florida is not complete without a visit to Keywest, the southern most point of the United States. Unlike anywhere else in the United States, Key West's history is amazing and intriguing-abundant with colorful characters, spine-tingling adventures, famous and infamous talents and distinct architecture. Set in the world's most marvelous haven of eco-splendor.

Today millions of people flock to Key West to witness its beauty, to raise a raucous, to be captivated by its entrancing allure and to experience true Key West vacations-once-in-a-lifetime getaways not to be forgotten. Despite an influx of cruise ships, and tourism over the years, which has upped the traffic on the main drag Duval Street, the island city still movesto its own beat. The adventures are limitless in this offbeat town at the end of the road. I have listed the attractive and exciting top ten things to do in Key West, Florida below with links to the attractions websites and pictures. Let me know if you see any broken links.

Bars & Nightlife in Key West, Florida

Key West boasts a broad spectrum of bars and lounges that cater to the thirsty traveler. You should check out Sloppy Joe's, Captain Tony's, The Bull and Whistle, Margaritaville, The Afterdeck at Louie's Backyard, The Green Parrot, and the bars with their incredible female impersonators. You'll find it all while doing "The Duval Crawl", local-speak for wandering bar to bar with a to-go cocktail cup in your hand walking on the Duval street.

Water sports are great. From snorkeling to parasailing, boat rides, cruises you can find them all.

The Overseas Highway drive south is wonderful. When you begin driving over the long bridges and see the watery expanses dotted with islands near and in the distance, you realize that you really are driving out into the sea. The Overseas Highway, An approximate 110-mile stretch of highway through the Keys.

Key West Cruises:

To enjoy the islands of the Florida Keys, you should plan on taking a Key West cruise. You won't soon forget the warm, emerald water, the dolphin playing, and the superb tropical view. It is all beautiful, relaxing, and certainly good for your soul. Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas-a day here is one of the best things to do while visiting Key West.

Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry, Yankee Freedom II

Yankee Freedom ferry
Yankee Freedom ferry

The Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the top Key West attractions. Almost 70 miles west of Key West, nestled among coral reefs, and white sandy beaches, lie seven remote islands called the Dry Tortugas. One of the must do things in Key West, fl. When you visit, you are treated to one of the most unique National Parks in the world. These seven islands are a rare combination of natural and historic resources. Not only are you surrounded by a vast expanse of sea, sky, sandy beaches, and coral reef, but you step into a park rich in history including a 19th century Civil War fort, the largest brick structure in the Western Hemisphere. Cruise in spacious comfort aboard The Yankee Freedom II, the fastest, largest and most state-of-the-art vessel ferrying passengers to the Dry Tortugas National Park.

Dolphin Encounter in Key West

Schools of wild dolphins inhabit the waters surrounding Key West, and there are several small companies willing to take you out in search of these magical creatures in their natural habitat. These are usually small "six-pack" boats which take 4 hour trips in the early morning or at mid-day to what is called the "dolphin playground". Dolphins are curious, friendly, but wild mammals that are protected by stringent federal regulations. Visitors are not allowed to feed, touch or swim with dolphins in Key West. They may, however, come up to the boat and frolic and jump for your pleasure and leave you overjoyed at this unforgettable meeting. Next, your guide will then take you to some wonderful backcountry snorkeling spots to see live coral, sponges, and colorful tropical fish. Keep in mind that dolphin are wild animals and, although the captains do an excellent job of finding them each day, their presence is never guaranteed. The pristine beauty of their home, though, will never disappoint. Dolphin watching should be in your list of top ten things to do in Key West, Florida.

Danger Charters

Danger Charters in Key West, Fl
Danger Charters in Key West, Fl

When you sail with Danger Charters, you sail to another world and time; to a place where the wildlife is still "wild", and your interaction with nature is intimate and authentic. You feel as if you've stepped back in time, back to the days when the Florida Keys backcountry was home to traditional, shallow-draft sailing craft, captained by local water men that had grown up sailing and navigating the notorious shallows and challenging narrow channels of the Florida Keys. Both The Danger and Danger's Prize are traditional American sailing craft known as "Skipjacks". These boats were originally designed and built to dredge oyster beds in the Chesapeake Bay region during the late 19th century. In the early 1900s, Skipjacks were sailed down to the Florida Keys to work as sponging and fishing vessels. Their shallow design, coupled with a huge amount of sail area, make these vessels ideal for sailing the backcountry. There is no better way to experience the incredible natural beauty of the Keys than under a cloud of sail, in shallow and protected waters that provide flat seas even on the windiest of days!

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square

Everyone comes to Mallory Square for the sunset. One of the must-see top 10 things to do in Key West Fl is to enjoy the beautiful sunset. There are lots of entertainers, such as jugglers, tightrope walkers and trained animals. Take your favorite drink and have your camera ready when the sun goes down.

Sunset Celebration takes place at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. The participants of this Key West attraction consist of arts and crafts exhibitors, street performers, food carts, psychics and of course the thousands of tourists from around the world who visit this Key West art show. Each night around two hours before sunset masses of people, both locals and tourists alike, flock to the water's edge to experience a multicultural happening and to watch the sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico.

Key West Aquarium

http://www.keywestaquarium.com

Excellent little attraction. Opened in 1934, this educational and entertaining aquarium features diverse exhibits on sea life in the area and live demonstrations. Wander among the many varieties of marine life or take a guided tour. One of the major attractions of the aquarium includes daily feedings of shark and fish. Children usually enjoy the touching area, where visitors can touch marine creatures in shallow pools. Definitely one of the top ten things to do in Key West, Florida.

When the Key West Aquarium opened for business during the Great Depression in 1934 it was the islands first tourist attraction. At the time, Key West was the only city completely on federal relief after turning over it's charter to state and federal governents.

Today, the Aquarium educates, fascinates, and amuses the millions of visitors to Key West with unique and wonderful marine creatures. Shark feeding, Touch Tank, and sting ray exhibits are not to be missed. Open Daily 10 am - 6 pm.

Key West Conch Tour Train

Key West Conch Tour Train
Key West Conch Tour Train

Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, as the Conch Tour Train takes you on a 90-minute journey through the remarkable evolvement of Key West. Conch Tour Train - a good way to get the lay of the island. The Conch Tour Train has taken millions of visitors all over the island in their bright yellow "trains" since 1958. The well-narrated 90 minute tour, covering more than 100 unusual and historic sites, acquaints you with the layout of the town. Depots are located in Mallory Square and on Roosevelt Boulevard. Trains leave every thirty minutes from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. $29 for adults, $14 for children. Online discounts are available.

FURY WATER ADVENTURES

FURY WATER ADVENTURES, Key West fl
FURY WATER ADVENTURES, Key West fl

One Key West's most popular attractions is the crystal blue waters surrounding the island paradise. For almost three decades visitors and locals alike have been choosing Fury Water Adventures as their #1 excursion in and on the waters of Key West. Choose from a variety of activities-Snorkeling, Sunset sails/cruises, parasailing, Glass bottom boat, Private Charters and our most popular trip "the all inclusive" Fury Ultimate Adventure which includes reef snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, water trampoline and much more. Fury Water Adventures is committed to the beautiful world of nature that we delight in showing Key West visitors that we are a member of 1% for the planet. This means that 1% of all Fury ales goes to non-profit organizations concerned with the conservation and restoration of the coral reef. If you like water sports, this should definitely be the topmost thing to do in Key West, Florida.

Audubon House Key West, Florida

Audubon House Tropical Gardens
Audubon House Tropical Gardens

The Audubon House Museum-former home of Key West's first harbor pilot. The family home of Captain John Geiger, Key West's first Harbor pilot. He had made his fortune as a wrecking master salvaging ships that foundered on the treacherous reefs.

This elegant 1846 example of American Classic Revival architecture is a perfect setting for the work of one of America's first truly original artists, John James Audubon. I think this belongs to the top ten list of things to do in Key West, Florida.

A wonderful tropical garden in the back is very enjoyable with collections of orchids, palm trees, and lilly pool. See picture on the side.You can also do self guided audio tours daily. Their gallery of antique lithographs is across the street, and for collectors and admirers or Audubon's work, it is well worth a visit.

Some tips - Travel to keywest florida

  • Bring comfortable shoes. You will enjoy walking on the side streets in Key West, especially on Duval street.
  • Pack a motion sickness preventative if you plan to go on boat rides.
  • Shorts and tees are the island uniform. Very casual and the pace of life is slow and very laidback.
  • Don't forget to bring sunblock. It gets real hot in Key West.

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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

What a terrific review of a quaint place, Key West Florida. It brings back so many memories of my childhood. My Dad was stationed at the Navy Base in Key West and we had several tours of duty there. Our church was located right next door to where the Conch Train "lived". How things have changed! Thanks for writing this hub. I haven't been there in years; now I'm longing for my old home town!


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Nevada Logan 6 years ago from USA

Great hub! We just went to the keys in Feb and loved it! I can't wait to go back someday. The Conch train was one of the best things we could do, we found out so much by taking the trip on the train. Our driver was excellent.


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funfix.com 6 years ago from funfix.com

Nice job! Love it. Keywest is home of some of the best fishing.


ted and sheila 5 years ago

ok sold on your train

question tho is this a set tour and no getting off and back on at one own schedule


Sailor 5 years ago

This is a great hub. When I am in Key West I always love to go to the Key West Aquarium!


MIRWIN 5 years ago

This is a great summery of the great things to see and do in key west. If you like this you might want to check out-

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Kristen Howe 15 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great travelogue on what to do in Key West. I'm keen on some of the things to do there, like the dolphin encounter. Voted up!

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